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WNC to Hold Jump Start Informational Nights at Area High Schools

Posted: January 31, 2019

From left are WNC Jump Start Counselor and Outreach Coordinator Tricia Wentz and WNC Director of Counseling Piper McCarthy.

The opportunity to attend Western Nevada College while in high school is a chance for students to expedite their postsecondary education and save some money in the process.

In its five years of existence, Western Nevada College’s Jump Start program has benefited many students in secondary education.

The dual-enrollment program is available to high school, homeschool and academy students in Northern Nevada. It allows students to earn high school and college credit for courses they take through WNC. The beauty of the program is that students can earn up to 60 college credit and an associate degree while in high school — and save thousands of dollars.

Jump Start works for students who are academically ready for college courses, willing to work hard, are mature and can manage their time to make studying a priority in their daily schedules.

To help parents and students learn whether Jump Start is a good fit for them and to answer their questions about the program, WNC’s Jump Start Counselor and Outreach Coordinator Tricia Wentz will be visiting Northern Nevada high schools and academies in the coming months.

“The Jump Start team is very excited to be involved at the high schools this spring to offer students and parents the opportunity to learn more about the Jump Start program, as well as a variety of dual-enrollment options,” Wentz said. “Wylecia Johnson, Fallon Outreach and Access counselor; current Jump Start students; families; cohort coaches and academic faculty will be involved in the informational meetings to ensure that parents and students have access to information from all perspectives. Lupe Ramirez, coordinator of Latino Outreach, will also be available to provide information and answer questions in Spanish.”

Here is the schedule of WNC visits to talk about the Jump Start program:

  • Virginia City High School, March 21
  • Oasis Academy, March 25
  • Fernley High School, March 27
  • Douglas High School, April 10
  • Yerington High School, April 11
  • Dayton High School, April 17
  • Churchill County High School, April 30

Eligibility is determined by students’ preparedness in mathematics and English. Students who have met Algebra II grade requirements, as well as have completed the college Accuplacer essay test and test into English 101, will be eligible to apply for Jump Start. Tuition varies by school district.

One of the underlying reasons for the success of the Jump Start program is the support students receive through a cohort system. Cohort coaches serve as academic mentors and coaches for students while they are in the program.

Participating schools are Carson, Churchill County, Dayton, Douglas, Fernley, Nevada Homeschool, Nevada State, Nevada Virtual Academy, Oasis Academy, Pioneer, Pyramid Lake, Silver Stage, Smith Valley, Virginia City and Yerington.

Students in the two-year degree program will take communications, English, history, mathematics, science, social science, fine arts and elective classes.

For more information about WNC’s Jump Start College, go to, phone Wentz at 775-445-3250 or email her at